Order of the Sacred Treasure

The Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japanese瑞宝 章, Zuihōshō, Eng. Order of the Sacred Treasure ), and Order of the mirror or the Order of the Sacred Treasure called, is a Japanese Order, which was founded on January 4, 1888 by Emperor Meiji.

The Order is divided into six classes; it can be given for long or special services in both the military and civilian sectors. The award was presented at the Army and Navy, as well as to equivalent civilian officials. The award classified by grade and often presumed to be already of the Order in a particular preceding medal class. Also winner of the Order of the Rising Sun in a particular class was a prerequisite for the award. Foreigners, such as consuls, ambassadors and embassy staff with several years in Japan were able to get the order. The requirement for the award of the Grand Cross (First Class ) meet high-ranking officers and officials of the Army and Navy, as well as civilian officials in the same position, ambassadors and ministers. In addition, the excellent persons must be carriers of the Order of the Rising Sun 2nd class. Originally reserved only for men, the Order can be since 1919 also awarded to women. Unlike its European counterparts, the Order of the Sacred Treasure can also be awarded posthumously.

  • 2.1 Changes from 2003

Order of classes

  • Ancient order 6th grade



Buttonhole miniature, front

Buttonhole miniature, back

Belt buckles

  • 1st Class
  • 2nd class
  • 3rd class
  • 4th grade
  • 5th grade
  • 6th grade
  • 7th grade
  • 8th grade

Designing and carrying method

The Order carries symbols of the throne regalia of Japan: the mirror Yata no kagami, the gem Yasakani no Magatama and the sword Kusanagi.

The religious character of the 1st to 6th class is a Maltese Cross in Gold ( 1st to 4th grade ), Gold and Silver ( 5th grade ) and Silver ( 6th grade ) who are with white enameled rays, for the sword. The central disc is blue with an eight -pointed star for the mirror surrounded by a wreath of red - enamelled points for the gemstone. The religious character on a light blue ribbon with yellow stripes at the edges.

The first class will be worn as a sash on the right shoulder, the 2nd and 3rd class in men as a necklace and the 4th to 6th grade at the left chest ( with the ribbon folded into a triangle). Women wear the belt in the form of a loop on the left shoulder. The tape of the fourth class has an additional rosette.

The star of the 1st and 2nd class is similar to the religious character, except that he one in gold and the other diagonally in silver, has the form of two Maltese crosses. The star of the first class will be worn on the left and the second class at the right chest.

The colors of the rays of the religious character, the shape of the band and the carrying method for each class is similar to the Order of the Rising Sun.

Amendments of 2003

By 2003, also Order of 7th and 8th grade were awarded their medals sign an octagonal silver medal - the 7th grade partially gilded - with representations of the mirror and the gemstone was. In this they are like the 4th to 6th grade.

In addition, the color of the ribbon of white with two yellow stripes on Indigo was amended with two yellow stripes of all medals.

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